December 04, 2017
Hugo Wood (LLM ’14)
Tulane University alumnus Hugo Wood is the recipient of a Schwarzman
Scholarship for graduate study at Tsinghua University in Beijing, one of
China’s premier institutions. Wood, who received his master’s degree in
law and development from the Tulane Law School in 2014, was one of 142
men and women selected to the Schwarzman Scholars Class of 2019.
More than 4,000 candidates from around the world competed for a spot in
the Schwarzman Scholarships’ third class. The Class of 2019 is comprised
of students from 39 countries and 97 universities with 41 percent from
the United States, 20 percent from China, and 39 percent from the rest
of the world. The Class of 2019 will enroll at Schwarzman College on the
Tsinghua University campus in August 2018.
The scholars were selected through a rigorous and thorough selection
process designed to evaluate leadership experience and potential,
intellectual and academic ability, including the capacity to understand
emerging trends, design solutions, and inspire others to a vision, as
well as strength of character.
Wood, 27, is a lawyer, social entrepreneur and human development
advocate who serves as Public Policy Advisor and Chief Speechwriter to
the Vice-President and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of
Panama. He also coordinates the largest debate student tournament in the
history of his home country of Panama.
Wood graduated magna cum laude of law and political science from
Santa Maria La Antigua University where he was the founder of the United
Youth for Dialogue, the university's current largest student
During his time at Tulane, he was elected president of the
postgraduate student government and served as a research assistant for
analysis, translation and online research of laws and policies related
with the law and international development for Professor Colin Crawford.
Passionate about education and policy implementation, Wood was
awarded a scholarship by the Panamanian Government to study modern
trends of international development at Harvard University's Kennedy
School of Government. Based on the recent diplomatic relations between
Panama and China, Wood’s ambition is to connect Panama and Latin America
with the Asian economic powerhouse and foster human development,
inclusion and economic growth.
--- Roger Dunaway